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None Valueless Art - Forlorn In A Dying World... (6,5/10) - Germany - 2007

Genre: Black Metal
Label: Self-production
Playing time: 62:53
Band homepage: None Valueless Art

Tracklist:

  1. Intro
  2. The Pagan Wanderings
  3. Madrigal Of Northern Glory
  4. Alternative Lost In The New Meaning Of Pagan Art
  5. Walk The Epigonic Way With The Wrath Of Nature
  6. Escape To Nothingness
  7. Outro
  8. My Refuge In Darkness (Ragnarok Cover)
  9. The Pagan Wanderings (Rehearsal)
  10. Madrigal Of Northern Glory (Rehearsal)
  11. Alternative Lost In The New Meaning Of Pagan Art (Rehearsal)
None Valueless Art - Forlorn In A Dying World...

Pagan Black Metal is the term used to market NONE VALUELESS ART, and that is exactly what they deliver. They have done away with the modern crisp sound that other bands have turned to adopting the now all too famous DARKTHRONE necro production. While not anything like the master, NONE VALUELESS ART sounds remarkably similar to old school ULVER and I would say is influenced by “Nattens Madrigal” with a tinge of “Bergtatt” here and there. In fact, there is something rather rare that ties NONE VALUELESS ART to ULVER but more on that later.

 

After the obligatory introduction piece we get to hear the best song on the rather lengthily album. “The Pagan Wanderings” is your standard Black Metal track but manages to be rather soothing on the ears. It has periods of raw crunchy guitars accompanied by the droning wail of H.S but transforms at 2:48 into some rather tranquil wave sounds with a flute in the background. Although many bands have done this before, NONE VALUELESS ART have taken the idea and used it effectively to reinforce their Pagan style of music. Some of the breaks sound familiar but one would have to assume that since this album has taken eight long years to write and record, that the ideas weren’t flowing from the pen like they used to. With all of that said, it is still an enjoyable track.

 

By the time “Madrigal Of Northern Glory” ends, you can’t help but smile. This is one of the happiest Black Metal tracks I have ever heard and is second only to “Hymne VI - Wolf And Passion” by ULVER. The riffs are so happy that I literally want to get up and dance. It’s not a riff, it’s the whole song and I doubt many people can hear it with a straight face. Happy Black Metal is a hard term to swallow and I can not fathom the reasoning behind writing such music. The following track “Alternative Lost In The New Meaning Of Pagan Art” has moments of joy but more interesting is the inclusion of choir like singing, something that was featured on the classic, “Bergtatt” by ULVER.

 

At the end of the day, “Forlorn In A Dying World...“ is an average release and has a lot of material, increasing its value per dollar ratio. However, three rehearsal tracks is overkill and do not provide anything particularly interesting. On the other hand, the RAGNAROK cover was performed well. Apart from the whimsy style of this release, there isn’t a lot going for it. It is amusing to hear super happy Black Metal songs here and there but I for one do not want to see it popping up in the future.

(Online October 10, 2007)

Niall Hobson



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